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Directed by Bennett Miller.
Based on a true story, Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz is recruited by billionaire John du Pont to compete in the 1988 games in Seoul and the two develop a kinship that leads to unlikely circumstances.
Bennett Miller’s latest film Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics) is a psychological drama driven by strong characters and captivating performances. It’s a familiar, yet unsuspecting story that repeatedly proves itself full of surprises.
When the film opens we meet Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), who in his young life is already the recipient of an Olympic gold medal for wrestling. Lacking direction in his life, he inhabits a lonely apartment, dines routinely on Ramen noodles and gets by on the occasional low level speaking engagement. His older brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo), who has a job as a »
- William Fanelli
Want to see Doctor Strange meet the Incredible Hulk? With Edward Norton no longer playing Bruce Banner in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the best chance to see his version next to new McU addition Benedict Cumberbatch is in the form of a new video produced by Variety. The Hollywood trade has brought together pairings of this year's best actors and actresses, and those two stars, being recognized this year for The Imitation Game and Birdman, are one of them, interviewing each other about their craft and films. As for the current Hulk, you can look to another video to see Mark Ruffalo, an Oscar contender for Foxcatcher, chatting with Jessica Chastain, who is being honored this year primarily for A Most Violent Year. Other pairings include Reese Witherspoon and...
- Christopher Campbell
The film, directed by Ryan Murphy and produced by Scott Ferguson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Jason Blum, Dede Gardner, Dante Di Loreto, Ryan Murphy and Brad Pitt, was based on Larry Kramer’s play chronicling the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City.
- Steve Pond
Standing alone against the threat of North Korean cyber terrorism, it’s your weekly movie news show the Movie Newsgasm. In your face, Kim Jong-un.
We’re only kidding. Please don’t hurt us.It’s a super-packed show this week. Super-packed meaning: lots of superhero stuff. Ben Affleck’s Batman suit for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has been revealed In Living Colour (although it’s still pretty black and white), plot details for that same movie – specifically how Superman’s Metropolis destruction binge affect the film’s events – have been reported, more bonkers plans for Spider-Man from the Sony email hacks and the directors for Marvel’s two part epic Avengers: Infinity War have been leaked. And it isn’t Joss Whedon *Gasp*!
Fmtv will be back next Friday for our Best Stories Of 2014 Movie Newsgasm Spectacular! Exciting. Subscribe here to be notified first when they are »
- Oli Davis
Sneak Peek new close-up display images of Hot Toys' 'Hulkbuster', 'Captain America', 'Thor', 'Black Widow', 'Hawkeye' and 'Hulk' as they appear in director Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age of Ultron", plus a spitting image of 'Thanos' from Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy":
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the 'Avengers', produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, intended to be the sequel to 2012's "Marvel's The Avengers" and the eleventh installment in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' (McU).
"...with 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' destroyed and the 'Avengers' on hiatus from stopping world threats, 'Tony Stark' aka 'Iron Man' creates 'Ultron'...
"...a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence, who can assess threats and control Stark's 'Iron Legion'.
"However, his plan quickly backfires when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets out to eradicate them from Earth. »
- Michael Stevens
The filmmaker said that he tried and failed to distance himself from Marvel Studios' sequel.
"I actually didn't want to make the film," he told Comics Alliance. "I was ragged from the first one, and so I just turned off my brain.
"I was like, 'Do not think of cool ideas for the next one. Just get through this'."
However, Whedon failed at this attempt, recalling: "I went to a pub, and sat down with my notebook, and about 45 minutes later, my notebook was filled.
"I have so many things to say, and I was... I was kind of surprised. It was very beautiful."
The Avengers sequel will reunite Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) against »
Joss Whedon introduces the sneak peek at the production of his upcoming superhero sequel.
The film sees the superhero team going up against the evil artificial intelligence Ultron.
It will reunite Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) against the evil artificial intelligence Ultron (James Spader).
Avengers: Age of Ultron will arrive on April 24 in the UK and on May 1 in the Us. »
High hopes were had but the award for biggest disappointment of 2014 goes to….Foxcatcher. I like the trio of actors it stars, it’s based on a true crime that I once read a book about (Blood Money : The Du Pont Heir and the Murder of an Olympic Athlete by Carlton Smith – not the basis for the new film’s script) and it won Best Director at Cannes for Bennett Miller (Capote and Moneyball), but I found Foxcatcher a meandering bore lacking any tension. What should have been a compelling tale of money and madness is instead one long, suffocating 135 minutes.
Foxcatcher is mostly told through the eyes of loner Mark Schulz (Channing Tatum), an Olympic wrestler who has lived in the shadow of his older brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo), an even more successful wrestler with a gorgeous wife (Sienna Miller) and kids. When we meet the Schulz boys »
- Tom Stockman
The 20th century and its landmark events are major sources of inspiration for at least eight major awards contenders this year and artisans had their hands full re-creating a period of turbulence, war and immense social change.
“Selma” takes us back to a seminal moment of the civil rights movement in the U.S., when the brutality of a white Southern police force striking against peacefully marching blacks, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., turned public opinion against segregation and led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act by Congress in 1964. Elements like vehicles, guns, billy clubs, furniture and costumes — all well documented in thousands of photos and newsreels — had to be gathered or created.
Artisans for Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” faced an even larger task because they had to reproduce period looks of three continents as athlete Louis Zamperini competes at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, joins the U. »
- Peter Caranicas
Frank Grillo isn.t afraid of anything. Or anyone. Scheduling a Purge? Grillo.s on board. Need him to fight Chris Evans until the two of them are covered in bruises? Where does Grillo sign up? Tussle with the incredible Hulk? Grillo.s just chomping at the bit to take his shots at the green giant. In fact, in a fascinating profile between tough-guy Frank Grillo and EW.com (seriously, the whole column.s an amazing read), the Captain America: The Winter Soldier baddie breaks down all of the reasons why he thinks his character, Crossbones, would win in a battle against Mark Ruffalo.s enraged superhero. As Grillo so eloquently puts it: The Hulk is just a big thug who comes at you. He comes out swinging. Crossbones is much smarter than that. Plus, he.s got weapons. The Hulk has no weapons. He.s an idiot. And he »
One notable absentee from Marvel’s colossal and expansive filmic slate was love for Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk. Before the studio mapped out the remainder of Phase Two and the early stages of Phase Three, it was long rumored that the lumbering, green-tinged rage monster would get his own movie — particularly after Ruffalo’s turn in Avengers back in 2012 — but it appears as though a standalone film isn’t on the cards…for now.
During a recent set visit, IGN had the opportunity to talk to Joss Whedon about all things Hulk, including his role in Age of Ultron, that fabled solo outing as well as teasing that “something terrible” is coming.
Everybody loves Mark [Ruffalo]. He’s phenomenal. But the fact that there hasn’t been a Hulk since that Hulk, it doesn’t suck. I mean, my job is hard enough. Cap’s had a movie, Thor’s had a movie. »
- Michael Briers
THR has released an official list of the most viewed trailers of 2014. And you may be surprised to see which movie came in first. While a lot of your are probably guessing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was actually Fifty Shades of Grey that took top honors. While Star Wars: The Force Awakens had the best start of the year, grabbing 58.2 million views in its first five days of release, it was Fifty Shades of Grey that won the race with its four month head start. The trailer has been viewed 93 million times on Youtube since its July 24 release. Don't feel too bad for Star Wars 7, though, as it came in second place with 81 million Youtube views since its debut over Thanksgiving weekend. In third place was Avengers: Age of Ultron with 78 million views. Here is the full top 20 list of most watched trailers followed by the trailers themselves. »
With Mark Ruffalo's The Hulk not getting a solo movie (for now, anyway), many Marvel fans are very excited to see him back on the big screen in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. We already know The Hulk will have a bigger role in the upcoming film, and while speaking with IGN, Joss Whedon talked about the expansion of the character, and if he'll talk more in The Avengers sequel. His monologue about his childhood is very poignant and lacks pronouns. No. You know, the talking thing is »
- Jesse Giroux
Joss Whedon wasn't sure he wanted to direct Avengers: Age of Ultron. When we caught up with him on the London set of the film this Summer, he admitted making the original Avengers left him feeling "ragged," exhausted, and not 100 percent sure whether he could take on a second film about the superhero squad. "It did take a lot out of me," he said. "Going in this time, I just had to sort of recalibrate my entire existence and throw myself into it more wholeheartedly and say, 'Ok. I'm gonna just invest myself in every part of it - in every production meeting, every location scout, and every question about a prop that I'd like to avoid.' I'm gonna give myself up to it like a Christian to a lion." Whedon's obvious passion for the characters overrode any doubts he might have had about his second outing in the franchise's director's chair. »
There’s less than five months to go before Marvel brings the curtain down on Phase Two of the Cinematic Universe with Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the director has been speaking in depth to IGN about the hotly-anticipated sequel, including expanding the world of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with the introduction of new characters like The Vision, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, and of course the AI villain Ultron.
” I wanted Paul [Bettany] to play this part since before I wanted to make Avengers movies,” states Whedon on The Vision. “He’s just got, let’s face it, it’s about cheek bones, people… Before I took the first job, I said, ‘Well, I don’t know if I’m right for this, or if I want it, or you want me, but in the second one, the villain has to be Ultron, and he has to create the Vision.’ And »
- Gary Collinson
Assembling a year-end top-10 list has always been a personal, even self-indulgent, ritual, a way of disguising a whimsical ranking of favorites as a carefully curated declaration of personal taste. At the risk of making things even more solipsistic than usual, let me begin by noting that the fraught relationship between artists and critics provided 2014 with one of its most compelling movie themes, with critics themselves — food critics, art critics, theater critics and, yes, film critics — figuring among the year’s most favored characters. And by favored, of course, I mean mocked, loathed and misunderstood at every turn.
In one of the most talked-about scenes in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s virtuoso backstage farce “Birdman,” a washed-up movie star named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) comes face to face with a notoriously nasty New York Times theater critic, Tabitha Dickinson (Lindsay Duncan), who calmly informs him that she’s going to eviscerate his new Broadway play, »
- Justin Chang
I sat in on a conference call with Tim DeKay and recent Golden Globe nominee for his work on the HBO movie, The Normal Heart, Matt Bomer and both gents opened up about the exciting and emotional series finale of White Collar, airing Thursday, Dec. 18 at 9pm Et. Related: Mark Ruffalo talks HBO’s The Normal Heart DeKay promises that the entire finale is jaw-dropping, “Do not walk away — and I know you wouldn’t anyway — but do not walk away until the final second of the episode. We’ve got some great twists and turns, some wonderful moments.” The … Continue reading →
The post After 6 Seasons, White Collar Comes To A Close appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Kellie Freeze
From Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt's incredible jump to Hollywood's A-list with the massive success of Guardians of the Galaxy, to Ariana Grande's transition from Nickelodeon child star to one of music's biggest divas, check out the stars who made major moves in 2014.
Channing Tatum, Oscar-worthy performer:
While Channing Tatum has continued to impress his critics with smart career choices following his Step Up beginnings, it wasn't until this year's Foxcatcher that critics began to take serious note of his acting abilities.
Photos: Most Amazing Celeb Body Transformations for Roles
Critics initially signaled out an unrecognizable Steve Carell's performance in the psychological sports drama -- about an Olympic wrestler (Tatum) and his disturbed multi-millionaire sponsor (Carell) -- but Channing's intense performance has steadily been generating plenty of Oscar buzz.
When Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was filming in London last summer, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters. Like most Marvel set visits, they let us talk to the entire cast and watch filming. While the production was guarded about what they were willing to tell us, we learned a ton of cool secrets behind what’s bound to be one of the biggest films of 2015. In The Avengers sequel, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) from carrying out his sinister plan. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle,Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson. While on set, I participated in a great group interview with Joss Whedon. He talked about how making The Avengers »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
On June 12th 2014, I visited the London set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. In October, we posted our on set interviews with Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. Today we’ve been given the green light to publish our interview with Avengers series director Joss Whedon. Here is a short snippet from Joss explaining why he decided to […]
- Peter Sciretta
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